Thursday, January 7

Easy Peasy - Decadent Chocolate Mousse

These are super easy and only take about 20 minutes.    There's a lot of room for imaginative twist too - add mint essence, Kahlua, tia maria, orange juice, chilli, amaretto, cherry brandy, honey - anything you think goes with chocolate to give it a bit of individuality.  Me, I just like it chocolate.. but loads of other people love the variations above.. choose your poison!

Ingredients (Serves 6)
180 grams good quality dark chocolate
4 eggs, separated
250mls cream

Beat egg whites until they form stiff peaks  - set aside

Melt chocolate by breaking up, putting in a microwave proof bowl and use a low power setting (40%) for 1 minute, stir, then again on same power setting for another 40 seconds, stir - repeat another 40 seconds if you need to - but that should be enough.

Once it's melted, add the egg yolks, combine thoroughly and allow to cool for about 15 minutes.

Meanwhile whip cream until it sticks to beaters, pour in the chocolate and egg misture and mix with a spatula until well combined.

Finally add the egg white and fold through again with the spatula gently until all combined, pour into serving glasses or bowl and refrigerate until served.

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